“In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be.” – Hubert H. Humphrey
Almost everyone knows what a red rose represents especially when given to someone special on various occasions; the red color of various kinds roses expresses love.
Back then, multi-media text messages and e-mails were non-existent; and young gentlemen woo the ladies by giving them real red roses.
Decades ago when my garden had 64 varieties of roses, my former pupils often drops by and buys red roses on special occasions like birthdays and Valentines day.
For ways to “say it with flowers”, I recommend you browse on rose flower meanings compiled by The Flower Expert on Facebook. Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/notes/theflowerexpertcom/top-10-ways-to-express-your-feelings/232692190074267